Josh Wise


89 games reviewed
69.4 average score
70 median score
68.5% of games recommended
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This XCOM meets X-Men effort from Firaxis isn't flawless, but its a fantasy dinner party of superheroes elevates the experience above its formulaic story and forgettable hero.

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Nov 24, 2022

If Ragnarök spells the end of God of War, as both its themes and talk from Santa Monica Studio suggest, then it will serve as a fitting end for Kratos. Not just because it would make an impressive swansong for the God of War, but because that level of weariness and relief that Kratos feels from completing his lengthy endeavours is, by its end, projected onto the player, completing theirs.

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Nov 15, 2022

Bayonetta 3 is an awful lot more, but it's also an awful lot more of the same. It's a game that revels in its spirited too-muchness.

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Oct 28, 2022

With its striking production values and next-gen rat rendering, it's hard escaping the notion that A Plague Tale: Requiem is, like Microsoft Flight Simulator before it, more of a tech demo or portfolio piece for Asobo Studio. But for fans of the original, the prospect of more of the same – only bigger and flashier, and without the 'Allo 'Allo! accents – is certainly enticing.

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Oct 24, 2022

In the end, Gotham Knights is, like the studio’s earlier contribution to the saga, Batman: Arkham Origins, a decent game haunted by the notion of not being the main event.

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Oct 14, 2022

Most video games that model themselves on H.R. Giger's biomechanical monstrosities are purely aesthetic. Scorn wears its influences not on its sleeves, but inside them; a mass of ooze and darkness and gnarly, desiccated things; a grimly singular puzzle, but perhaps one that didn't need the combat to deliver its horrors home.

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They say you can't go home again, and there are few wells more daunting to return to than Monkey Island. But with Gilbert at the helm and Grossman by his side, Return to Monkey Island really is the full monkey.

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In a medium preoccupied with guns and bombs and violent, power-fantasy notions of heroism, Gerda: A Flame in Winter treads a quieter path through its World War II setting, and is perhaps all the more powerful for it.

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Aug 31, 2022

The Last of Us Part I is a beautiful thing to behold, honouring your recollection by surpassing it.

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Aug 31, 2022

Sam Barlow's Immortality switches digital footage for celluloid film, and it's a better fit. His fixation with scrambled narratives has found its natural home, not in the realm of computers, those ghost-free machines, but here, on coils of vulnerable tape.

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4 / 10 - Saints Row
Aug 22, 2022

Indeed, there remains about Saints Row the air of a slightly desperate brainstorming session.

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8 / 10 - Stray
Jul 21, 2022

This is where Stray succeeds. It offers us delectable opportunities to act out the behaviour that so bewilders us, in very celebration of that bewilderment.

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4 / 10 - The Quarry
Jun 18, 2022

Far more damning is the fact that The Quarry, though happily thronged with beasts, is barren of scares.

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7 / 10 - Trek to Yomi
May 9, 2022

Not that this is something that has to be endured. The underworld may be outglowed by the freaky fogs above, but so what?

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There just isn’t enough juice in the combat, the cover shooting, or the endless hoovering of collectibles.

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8 / 10 - NORCO
Apr 5, 2022

What saves Norco is that the visions on offer belong as much to the imagined as the troublingly real.

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8 / 10 - Weird West
Mar 31, 2022

You can sense, in Weird West, a developer both returning to his obsessions and toiling on a fresh frontier.

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8 / 10 - Tunic
Mar 24, 2022

And yet, despite its obvious muses, Tunic manages to rise above mere flattery, by paying deeper homage to the medium itself.

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Mar 21, 2022

Most potent of all, there is a strain of urban fear running through its design—not of monsters but of the city itself as an isolating entity, rendering you unreachable.

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10 / 10 - Gran Turismo 7
Mar 4, 2022

Polyphony has delivered an airtight flight from the everyday, rich in escape yet rooted in anything but fantasy.

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